It’s the first warm day of the year. Can’t resist checking hives and putting in some sugar syrup to stimulate recovery from winter This winter’s been cold and long. Winter is a bee marathon
So the first warm day with the sun shining we pop open the tops of the packing and check the hives. 5 out of 7 look strong with lots of bees on the top bars of the upper brood chamber. Two hives have bees in them but they’re not on the top bar of the upper brood chamber. I pop a frame and can see bees in the lower brood chamber so maybe they’ll be OK. Fed sugar syrup to stimulate build up. And as soon as the weather breaks again we’ll feed pollen patties.
This is a critical time for all beekeepers. We try to assess winter losses, predict which hives will build up successfully and plan on how we can recover by splitting or purchasing nucs. Exciting times in the Niagara peninsula as our season is weeks ahead of other Ontario beekeepers to the north of us.